Degenerative disc disease is the wear and tear on discs in the spine that cause reduced function or damaged disc structure. This most commonly occurs in the lower back and neck, and can result from the natural process of aging, a traumatic injury, repetitive movement, infection or even smoking.
- Lower back pain
- Reduced range of movement
Anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to relieve back pain. Supplements such as Glucosamine may also be helpful.
Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.
When conservative treatment fails, and daily activities become unmanageable, surgery such as spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement may be considered.